1. Magnificent Meadowlands
The Nets treat visiting teams with win streaks sort of the same way that stadium security guards treat patrons with coolers - they make them leave their Coleman at the turnstyle. That is to say, when you come to New Jersey on a tear, don't expect to extend it. Byron Scott
returned to the Meadowlands for the first time as a visiting coach on Monday after spending three and a half seasons at the helm for the Nets. He brought his Hornets and their four-game win streak. The Nets helped themselves to a 99-91 victory
. The win was the Nets' 11th straight at home and the third time they've snatched a win streak from an opponent, adding to their collection of Detroit's 11-wins and Miami's five-game streak. The contest also featured an intriguing match-up at point guard. Twelve-year veteran Jason Kidd
's near triple-double (14 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds), upstaged rookie Chris Paul
, who managed to dish out 13 assists but shot only 2-for-12 from the field.
2. Gordon Bleu
The Bulls' Ben Gordon
followed up a career-high 39 points against the Suns with 35 points against Utah on Monday. Gordon had been criticized by the Chicago media for not being enough of an offensive leader this season. Everyone is happy in Chi-town now, right? Wrong. Despite Gordon's point production, Chicago dropped its fourth straight, losing in Utah 107-105 in overtime
. Gordon hit a 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left in the fourth to send it to OT. His trey wasn't the biggest shot of the night, however. In the extra period, Utah's Mehmet Okur
nailed a three with less than a second left to secure the victory. "It's a real tough loss," Gordon said. "Every game is like a must-win for us right now. We're having a bad losing streak right now and we need to get ourselves out of it before we get back to Chicago."
3. Back to .500
Every team starts off the season with the same amount of wins and losses. The Wizards are back to the same place 46 games into the year. Washington evened its record at 23-23 after beating Orlando 94-82 at home
. With 11 rebounds and six steals, the ball seemed to be finding Antawn Jamison
's hands. Maybe he was using the "accio" spell from Harry Potter
, a summoning charm, used to make objects fly straight to the spell caster. Hey, they were playing the Magic afterall. The Wizards are now in eighth place in the East and back at .500 for the first time since Dec. 6 when they were 8-8. "If we thought that .500 was our ultimate goal, then there is nothing more to achieve," coach Eddie Jordan
said. "We really want to keep the momentum going."